Idaho is the 43rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890. The state capital is Boise.

LGBT Rights in Idaho: Idaho voters adopted a constitutional amendment in November 2006 prohibiting same-sex marriage. No provision of Idaho law explicitly addresses discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity. Idaho's hate crimes law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Idaho permits adoption by individuals, and there are no explicit prohibitions on adoption by same-sex couples or on second-parent adoptions.

Current challenge to Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban: Latta v. Otter.

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Federal appeals courts prepare to hear slew of same-sex marriage cases

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court will hear arguments Wednesday in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
CINCINNATI -- Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict. If the appeals courts continue the unbroken eight-month streak of rulings in favor of gay marriage, that could make...

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Idaho ‘Add the Words’ gay rights activists sentenced for peaceful protests

| Monday, July 21, 2014
John Miller, APAbout two dozen protesters seeking to convince Idaho lawmakers to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to the state's Human Rights Act block the entrances to the Idaho Senate in Boise on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At a similar protest on Feb. 3, 44 demonstrators were arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
BOISE, Idaho -- Nearly two dozen gay rights activists who were arrested after they blocked doorways in the Idaho Statehouse are set to be sentenced in Boise's 4th District Court. The 23 defendants took part in the peaceful protests earlier this year to urge lawmakers to add legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents in Idaho's Human Rights Act..

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Gay veteran sues Idaho cemetery for refusing burial with late wife

| Monday, July 7, 2014
Madelynn Taylor, 74, looks at a 2011 photo of herself (in red) with her wife Jean Mixner.
BOISE, Idaho -- A U.S. Navy veteran has filed a lawsuit against the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery for refusing to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner at the cemetery...

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Recount confirms Pocatello voters approved non-discrimination ordinance

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
POCATELLO, Idaho — A recount has confirmed a May vote by Pocatello residents retaining an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The recount on Friday was done at the request of a group opposed to the city ordinance approved by the Pocatello City Council in June 2013 and backed by voters on May 20.

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Idaho town faces recount on LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
POCATELLO, Idaho -- A recount has been ordered of last month's vote by Pocatello residents retaining an ordinance banning discrimination against a person because of sexual orientation or gender identity. The recount is set for June 27 and comes at the request of a group opposed to the city ordinance approved by the Pocatello City Council in June 2013 and backed by voters on May 20.

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Eighth Idaho town passes LGBT inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

| Friday, June 13, 2014
VICTOR, Idaho -- A small eastern Idaho town near the border with Wyoming has passed an ordinance banning discrimination against a person because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Mayor Zach Smith says the city council unanimously approved the measure in the town of about 2,000 residents.

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Group that lost ballot effort to repeal Pocatello gay rights law wants recount

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014
POCATELLO, Idaho -- A group opposed to Pocatello's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance retained by voters last month is seeking a recount. The group Vote Yes Pocatello made the request Monday, seeking a recount in 20 of Pocatello's 39 precincts from the May 20 election, as well as a recount of early and absentee votes.

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Idaho governor wants full appeals court review of same-sex marriage ruling

| Monday, June 2, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requesting an "en banc" hearing by an 11-judge panel of the court in an appeal of a federal magistrate's ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. Typically, appeals are heard by a three-judge panel selected from the 29 judges that make up the Ninth Circuit.

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Federal appeals courts set schedules in Idaho, Nevada and Texas marriage cases

| Monday, June 2, 2014
The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans.
Two more federal appeals courts are set to consider recent rulings declaring same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Texas as unconstitutional, and an appeal of Nevada's ban, which was upheld in 2012. The cases are De Leon v. Perry in Texas, Latta v. Otter in Idaho, and Sevcik v. Sandoval in Nevada.

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Plaintiffs in Idaho same-sex marriage challenge seek court costs

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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BOISE, Idaho -- Four couples who successfully sued Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter over the state's gay marriage ban are now asking to be reimbursed for nearly half a million dollars of attorney fees and other court costs.

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